Castillo Sparkles in Win Over Huntsville

Jesus Castillo held Huntsville to four hits and a single run while striking out seven as Albuquerque topped the Stars 4-1. Ethan Martin, fresh off six scoreless innings against Visalia, struggled as Inland Empire fell to Lake Elsinore 5-2. Johan Garcia knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Great Lakes Loons in the top of the ninth inning and the Loons topped Bowling Green 7-4.

Albuquerque - Open Date

The 10-8 Isotopes open a series in Round Rock, Texas on Thursday: The probable starters:
April 29 - RHP James McDonald (0-0, 4.97) vs. RHP Josh Banks (1-2, 3.65)
April 30 - LHP Scott Elbert (0-1, 8.36) vs. TBA
May 1 - RHP Josh Lindblom (1-1, 5.57) vs. LHP Gustavo Chacin (1-1, 1.74)



Castillo Stops Huntsville

Jesus Castillo held Huntsville to four hits and a single run while striking out seven as Albuquerque topped the Stars 4-1. Eric Krebs, Javy Guerra and Henry Garcia didn't allow a hit over the final two innings with Garcia earning his first save.

The word "Precocious" was on everyones lips when they spoke of Jesus Castillo after he was drafted in the middle of the pack (27th) in 2003. The Dodgers signed him at age 20 after he had spent a year at Pima Junior College in Arizona.

He had successful seasons with the Dodgers Coast League team, at Columbus and Ogden but underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005. He came back to record a 7-4, 3.24 record at AA Jacksonville in 2008 and the Dodgers put him on their 40 man roster.

Then he was designated for assignment August 20, 2009. He cleared waivers and sent to Chattanooga where he earned a Southern League "Pitcher of the Week" award in May but finished with a pedestrian 7-9, 4.31 record but

Now, at age 26, he has seemingly put all the pieces together again and over four starts, he has a 2-1 record and a 1.48 earned run average. He's allowed 16 hits in 24.1 innings and is extremely hard on right-handed batters, allowing a .132 average.

The Lookouts scored a single run in the first, third, sixth and ninth innings to gain an early lead, then stopped a late Huntsville rally to nail down the win.

The two rabbits at the top of the Chattanooga lineup, Dee Gordon and Elian Herrera, rapped out five hits between them, scored twice, knocked in a run and stole two bases.

Gordon opened the game with a single and stole second. Herrera singled him to third and Gordon scored when outfielder Andrew Lambo bounced into a double play.

They added a second run in the third on Herrera's triple and a Lambo double. Castillo gave up a one-out home run in the bottom of the inning.

In the sixth, Chattanooga improved the lead to 3-1 when first baseman Eduardo Perez singled and outfielder Scott Van Slyke tripled, then they added a fourth run in the ninth. Catcher Jessie Mier was hit by a pitch and stole second. He was bunted to third and scored on Gordon's single.

The Lookouts lost a chance in the eighth to break the game open but left the bases loaded.

In the ninth, Guerra replaced Krebs but quickly issued a pair of walks. Garcia came in to get a ground ball for the first out. A sac fly scored a run but he closed out the win with a strikeout.
 
 Score by Innings
Chattanooga	101 001 001-4
Huntsville	001 000 001-2

 Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  1  2  1  .373
Herrera 2b	5  1  3  0  .266
Lambo lf	5  0  2  1  .333
Smith 3b	5  0  1  0  .244
Perez 1b	4  1  1  0  .242
Van Slyke rf	1  0  1  0  .286
Pedroza 2b	3  0  0  0  .292
 Guerra p	0  0  0  0  .000
Mier c        	3  1  0  0  .259
Castillo	3  0  0  0  .000
 Krebs p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Robinson ph-cf	0  0  0  0  .209
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 Total        	33  4 10  3
 Huntsville	29  2  4  2  

 2B- Lambo (6). 3B- Herrera (1), Van
Slyke (1). RBI- Lambo (13), Van Slyke
(10), Gordon (6). S- Robinson.
LOB- Chattanooga 9, Huntsville 4.
SB- Herrera (8), Gordon (6), Mier (1).
CS- Gordon (3). 

 Albuquerque	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Castillo (2-1)	7.0  4  1-1  0  7  1.48
Krebs        	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.38
Guerra        	0.0  0  1-1  2  0  3.24
Garcia (sv 1)	1.0  0  0-0  1  1  5.91
 HBP- Mier. T- 2:43. Att- 5,191.

Martin Struggles; 66ers Lose

Ethan Martin, LADugout's Prospect #3, fresh off six scoreless innings against Visalia where he allowed only two hits, struggled into the fifth inning and allowed five runs as Inland Empire fell to Lake Elsinore 5-2.

Martin surrendered six hits and walked five while taking his first loss of the season. He left with two out in the fifth trailing 5-0.

The Sixers scored their only two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, although they out-hit their opponents 10-7. they left a dozen on base and were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Martin coughed up two in the first inning. He allowed a triple, wild pitched the run across, then gave up a double and a single to put Inland Empire down 2-0 before they came to bat.

A single run in the third and two more in the fifth knocked him out of the game.

Outfielder Bridger Hunt doubled and third baseman Pedro Baez walked in the first and they were left stranded. Shortstop Justin Seller singled in the third. Baez and first baseman Steve Caseres singled in the fourth. Hunt and outfielder Kyle Russell singled in the fifth.

Second baseman Cesar Suarez singled in the seventh before the 66ers got on the scoreboard in the eighth. Baez drew a second walk, designated hitter Austin Gallagher singled and outfielder Clay Calfee doubled to drive in the only two Chattanooga runs.

A walk to Sellers and Baez's single in the ninth gave them one more chance but both runners were left on base.
 
 Score by Innings
Lake Elsinore	201 020 000-5
Inland Empire	000 000 020-2

 Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Hunt cf        	5  0  2  0  .154
Sellers ss	4  0  1  0  .200
Russell rf	5  0  1  0  .298
Caseres 1b	5  0  1  0  .222
Gallagher dh	4  1  1  0  .275
Delmonico c	3  0  0  0  .295
Calfee lf	4  0  1  2  .375
Suarez 2b	4  0  1  0  .208
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 Total        	33  2 10  2
 Lake Elsinore	31  5  7  3

 2B- Hunt (1), Calfee (1). RBI- Calfee
2 (2). LOB- Inland Empire 12, Lake
Elsinore 6. PB- Delmonico (9).
DP- Sellers and Suarez.

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Martin  (2-1)	4.2  6  5-5  5  4  3.66
Contreras	3.1  1  0-0  1  4  0.00
Blevins        	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  9.60
 WP- Martin 2. Balk- Martin.
T- 2:44. Att- 1,249.

Loons Rally for 7-4 Win

Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

?Johan Garcia knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Great Lakes Loons in the top of the ninth inning, after the Loons survived an eighth-inning rally by the Bowling Green Hot Rods to earn a 7-4.?

?The game was a pitchers duel through 7.1 innings. Will Savage threw six scoreless innings striking out a career-high 10 batters.  He left the game with the Loons up 2-0.?

?Jordan Roberts entered the game and threw a perfect seventh, but ran into trouble in eighth. He hit the leadoff batter, then surrendered back-to-back doubles on 0-2 counts to tie the score. Luis Vasquez relieve him but surrendered two straight RBI singles. ?

?Down two, the Loons responded in the ninth. Outfielder Angelo Songco, catcher J.T. Wise and outfielder Blake Smith walked to open the inning. Newly arrived Lenell McGee followed with an RBI single pulling the Loons within one. Garcia then drove a two-run double to right-center to pull Great Lakes back ahead. Later in the inning, outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez doubled home two to give the Loons a 7-4 advantage.?

?Vasquez (1-0) earned the win. 

?The Loons hottest two hitters, Christian Lara and Jerry Sands, each went 0-for-5. Lara snapped his hitting streak at eight games. J.T. Wise, Rafael Ynoa and McGee had two hits each for the Loons.?

?The Loons and Hot Rods meet again tonight at for the final game of their three-game series.  Right-hander Elisaul Pimentel (1-1, 3.21 ERA) will start for the Loons.  The Hot Rods will send right-hander Alexander Colome (0-1, 3.66) to the mound.  T

  Loons Celebrate Arbor Day
The Great Lakes front office staff will plant trees at Chippewa Nature Center today in recognition of Arbor Day. The trees to be planted are native Michigan varieties including sugar maple, oak and hickory.

  "The tree planting is another step we can take to further our commitment to environmental responsibility," said Paul Barbeau, Loons President and General Manager. "The hard work of our operations staff in conjunction with our partnership with Midland Volunteers for Recycling, has allowed us to make great strides with our conservation and recycling program."
 
 Score by Innings
Great Lakes	000 101 005-7
Burlington	000 000 040-4

 Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Lara ss        	5  0  0  0  .290
Ynoa 2b        	5  2  2  0  .250
Galvin rf	4  0  1  2  .256
Sands 1b	5  0  0  0  .400
Songco lf	2  2  1  1  .271
Wise c        	4  0  2  1  .182
Smith dh	3  1  1  0  .286
McGee cf	3  1  2  1  .667
Garcia 3b	4  1  1  2  .179
--------------------------------
 Total        	35  7 10  7
 Burlington	32  4  7  3

 2B- Vise (2), McGee (1), Garcia (3),
Galvez (4). RBI- Wise (10) Songco (12),
McGee (1), Garcia 2 (40), Galvez 2 (13).
LOB- Great Lakes 10, Burlington 7.
SB- Songco (4). CS- Galvez (1).
PO- Wise. DP- Vasquez, Lara and Sands;
Lara, Ynoa and Sands.

 Great Lakes	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Savage        	6.0  3  0-0  2 10  1.90
Roberts        	1.0  2  3-3  0  1  3.29
Vasquez (1-0)	2.0  2  1-1  1  1  1.17
 HBP- by Savage 2, by Roberts.
T- 3:07. Att- 2,244.
 

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